Monica Elizabeth Jolley was an English-born author who moved to Western Australia in the late 1950s. In the photo above, the girls were about 5 and 4 years old. Check out Madelaine’s bunny slippers.
Category Archives: British gardens
If a tour of the great gardens of the British Isles is not in your cards this summer, one vicarious alternative is Geograph® — an online project that “aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland.”
Since 2005, contributors have submitted over 3.5 million images covering over 81% of the total area. You can search them by kilometre grid, by place name, by national trails, or by subject of interest (‘gardens’).
You can also join for free and upload your own images. (Much of rural Ireland needs filling out.)
I spent an hour looking for gardens and country landscapes and found. . .
the open air,
the normally off-limits,
the sad,the weird,
the possible DIY,
and, of course, the super-old and historic.
All the above photos are copyrighted to the photographers named in the captions and are licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons (CC) License.
Hand-tinted (3″ x 5″) glass lantern slide of Bagatelle Garden, Paris, France, ca. 1930, photographer unknown.
Below: two details.
The Archives hold over 60,000 photos and records documenting 6,300 historic and contemporary American gardens. At its core are almost 3,000 hand-colored glass lantern and 35mm slides donated by the Garden Club of America.
It’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show time! Their website is here.
The New York Times reports on how gnomes will be allowed in the show this year (only), here. In the Herald (Dublin), “Diarmuid Gavin has branded the Chelsea Flower Show ‘dull’ and described Prince Harry’s garden at the centenary exhibition as ‘bad,'” here.
Studio ‘g’ has photos of the Best in Show winner — the Australian garden — here, and they promise more pictures to come. Also, check out The Galloping Gardener’s report, here (thanks to GD by CM) — Gardenista’s, here — and The Enduring Gardener’s, here. Anne Wareham of thinkinGardens comments on two of this year’s entries, here.
Sources for seeds for cow parsley — plant of the moment at this year’s show, according to Gardenista — here.
Where have you found good photos or reviews of the show?
I saw this photo on the blog The Enduring Gardener and thought of my parents, who had their forest thinned last fall, which left a lot of woody debris. A simple metal frame holds the logs and sticks in place.
Are you currently cleaning up from a lot of winter tree damage?
This log arch was a display at the 2010 Malvern Spring Gardening Show in the U.K. The photo is © The Enduring Gardener, which is written by Stephanie Donaldson, Contributing Garden Editor of Country Living (U.K.) magazine. She also co-authored The Elements of Organic Gardening with the Prince of Wales.
Her blog’s “Inspiration” page has a lot of great photos of the Chelsea and Hampton Court garden shows.
Open-air schools in Europe and the U.S. were part of an effort in the first half of the 20th century to combat the rise of tuberculosis. The first — a waldeschule or forest school — was built near Berlin, Germany, in 1904.
An open-air school was created in England in 1907 by the London County Council. This may be the school pictured here. A second London school was organized in 1908. By 1937, there were 96 open-air schools in Great Britain.
Photos and captions by Bain News Service via the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (no dates provided).